Thanksgiving in the United States


The tradition of the Pilgrims’ first Thanksgiving is steeped in myth and legend. Few people realize that the Pilgrims did not celebrate Thanksgiving the next year, or any year thereafter, though some of their descendants later made a “Forefather’s Day” that usually occurred on December 21 or 22. Several Presidents, including George Washington, made one-time Thanksgiving holidays. In 1827, Mrs. Sarah Josepha Hale began lobbying several Presidents for the creation of Thanksgiving as a national holiday, but her lobbying was unsuccessful until 1863 when Abraham Lincoln finally made it a national holiday.

Today, our Thanksgiving is the fourth Thursday of November. This was set by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1939 (approved by Congress in 1941), who changed it from Abraham Lincoln’s designation as the last Thursday in November (which could occasionally end up being the fifth Thursday, and hence too close to Christmas for businesses). But the Pilgrims’ first Thanksgiving began at some unknown date between September 21 and November 9, most likely in very early October. The date of Thanksgiving was probably set by Lincoln to somewhat correlate with the anchoring of the Mayflower at Cape Cod, which occurred on November 21, 1620 (by our modern Gregorian calendar–it was November 11 to the Pilgrims who used the Julian calendar).

Thanksgiving Day is traditionally a day for families and friends to get together for a special meal. The meal often includes a turkey, stuffing, potatoes, cranberry sauce, gravy, pumpkin pie, and vegetables. Thanksgiving Day is a time for many people to give thanks for what they have.

Thanksgiving Day parades are held in some cities and towns on or around Thanksgiving Day. Some parades or festivities also mark the opening of the Christmas shopping season. Some people have a four-day weekend so it is a popular time for trips and to visit family and friends.



The story a brief history.


13 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Life in the moment
    Nov 27, 2014 @ 07:39:53

    Nice information and history of Thanksgiving ! Thank you Crafty Lady and have a wonderful Thanksgiving Day 🍗


  2. oxygen4thejourney
    Nov 27, 2014 @ 08:56:14

    Happy thanksgiving 😊


  3. orples
    Nov 27, 2014 @ 09:02:03

    History is full of lies and brainwashing, I’m sure. And I don’t suspect it is going to get any better with time. However, in spite of the ‘fictitious history of Thanksgiving’, I hope you find yourself with plenty to be thankful for, and have the happiest of happy days—even if our first ‘official’ Thanksgiving was a couple of hundred years after the ‘fact’. LOL.


  4. Tiare Meegan
    Nov 27, 2014 @ 11:57:26

    Great post for today! Thank you for sharing & Happy Thanksgiving!


  5. maddmombetty
    Nov 27, 2014 @ 12:12:15

    Happy Thanksgiving!


  6. luciledegodoy
    Nov 27, 2014 @ 12:22:12

    Thanks for sharing the history with us non-Americans! Happy Thanksgiving.


  7. annieblu2014
    Nov 27, 2014 @ 12:52:50

    Reblogged this on A Beginners Blogger Diary.


  8. preciouspen1955
    Nov 30, 2014 @ 02:20:00

    Thank you so much for this informative post , I really hope you have had a wonderful Thanksgiving , I would love to follow your tradition here in Ireland , they say that everything begins somewhere so it has now become another of my goals to set up a little tradition in my family where we meet and celebrate and give thanks for the year gone by , I have not settled on a date as yet but will surely find one that suits perhaps in the summer months as this is the time most likely to gather the family together. Thank you for this post . Kind Regards Kathy.


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